Tooth Wear: What Causes It and How to Treat It
The amount of tooth wear seen by dental professionals is considerably greater than ever before, as people are retaining their natural teeth well into old age. Tooth wear is the progressive loss of tooth surface substance and is caused by three phenomena: erosion, abrasion and attrition.
Erosion: 80% of common tooth problems are caused by enamel erosion, with one in two adults showing signs of erosion. This permanent and irreversible damage is caused by continued exposure to acids, present in the food and drink we consume every day, including fruit juices, carbonated drinks and alcohol.
Attrition: This type of tooth wear is caused by excessive tooth-to-tooth contact. While we use our teeth constantly and this type of wear is part of natural ageing, excessive wear needs to be identified and treated, as it is irreversible. There are several causes, but the most common is the constant clenching and grinding of the teeth.
Abrasion: Abrasion is the wearing of the tooth structure by friction from objects other than tooth-to-tooth contact. This is most commonly caused by incorrect brushing technique with excessive pressure or overbrushing. Increasingly more common is abrasion from toothpastes in the attempt to whiten teeth.
Preventing and treating tooth wear
Despite enamel – the outermost protective layer of the tooth – being the hardest substance in the body, once it is lost the body itself cannot replace it. This means that protecting the enamel and preventing tooth wear is extremely important.
To protect teeth and keep them healthy, use a dental care regime that prevents and repairs enamel erosion. REGENERATE Enamel Science™ is the first dental care regime clinically proven to be able to reverse early invisible stages of erosion, and regenerate enamel mineral*, with 82% of tooth enamel mineral regenerated after 3 days**.
The regime consists of an Advanced Toothpaste and a Boosting Serum, both of which use the patented NR-5™ Technology to form a fresh supply of minerals that integrate onto teeth, regenerating enamel mineral*** with continued used.
In addition to your oral hygiene regime, always remember to avoid brushing your teeth immediately after eating something acidic, as the enamel is weakened. If you must brush, wait an hour after eating or choose to brush before you eat. Alternatively, rinse with water or use the REGENERATE Enamel Science™ Advanced Foaming Mouthwash, designed to regenerate enamel mineral*** and reverse damage caused by daily acid attacks as soon as they happen. This mouth wash has foam technology that releases micro-bubbles that can adapt to all surfaces and reach between the gaps in the teeth and around the whole mouth for maximum effectiveness.
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*Based on an in vitro test measuring enamel hardness after 3 days combined use of toothpaste and serum.’
**As demonstrated in a 3-day in vitro test measuring enamel micro hardness: Combined use of toothpaste and serum vs. toothpaste only.
*** Acts on early invisible stages of enamel erosion by restoring its mineral content and micro hardness with regular use. Clinically proven.